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A Neutral Corner: Boxing Essays

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Fifteen previously unpublished boxing pieces written between 1952 and 1963.

Demonstrating A.J. Liebling's abiding passion for the "sweet science" of boxing, A Neutral Corner brings together fifteen previously unpublished pieces written between 1952 and 1963. Antic, clear-eyed, and wildly entertaining, these essays showcase a The New Yorker journalist at the top of his form.
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Paperback, 245 pages
Published August 31st 1996 by North Point Press (first published January 1st 1990)
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Cwn_annwn_13
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is a collection of essays Liebling wrote for the New Yorker back in the 1950's and early 1960's. Liebling does a great job of capturing the atmosphere around the fights, training camps and boxing gyms. Liebling is a humorous writer who really captures the personalities of fighters, managers, trainers and the overall feel for the boxing game. He points out the eccentricities and oddities of many people he encounters in the sport and while he finds humor in their weirdness and quirks he ...more
James
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This collection of essays by New Yorker essayist AJ Liebling focus on the New York boxing scene, epitomized by “8th Ave University” of creating prize fighters. It is a glimpse into a different world. Liebling mainly follows Floyd Patterson, a heavy weight fighter who became champion, fell, rose again, and finally totally fell. But it is a first hand account into the politics and racial identity of boxers, through fine prose.
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Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, pre-2003
I may not love watching boxing, but for some reason I love reading about it.
Bax
Jun 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: boxing, sports
Shares all the strengths and flaws of the slightly stronger anthology The Sweet Science.
Matthew
Jul 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liebling's best collection of NYkr arcicles about boxing. My favo painting (of Dempsy/Firpo) on the cover!!!!!!
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